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NRL: Raiders ready for Tigers test

Friday night throws up an exciting encounter in the NRL as the Canberra Raiders head to Campbelltown Sports Stadium to face the Wests Tigers.

The Raiders secured an impressive win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs last time out and will be full of confidence they can climb the ladder when they take on the Tigers. 

Raiders on a high after South Sydney scalp

WhatWests Tigers v Canberra Raiders
WhereCampbelltown Sports Stadium, Leumeah
When20:00 (AEST), Friday 2nd June 2023
How to watch Channel 9, Foxtel, Kayo
OddsWests Tigers 2.05, Canberra Raiders 1.78

After a disappointing showing against Manly, with a 42-14 defeat at home against the Sea Eagles, Canberra produced a great response to beat the Rabbitohs. 

Winning 33-26 at South Sydney will have given a huge lift to head coach Ricky Stuart and his squad as they prepare to face the Tigers on Friday night in Leumeah. 

Sat only two points behind the four teams tied at the top of the standings, the Raiders are firmly on course for a top-eight finish and a win this week, at 1.78, will help Canberra cement their place for the postseason action.  

Canberra have been boosted by news Jordan Rapana is available despite leaving the field for a HIA against the Rabbitohs, while Seb Kris also features despite a recent knee injury. 

Skipper Jarrod Croker is rested for this one so the Raiders talisman can play his 300th game at home in the next round. Despite Croker’s absence, the Raiders will take some stopping to be denied the win on Friday night.

Tigers have questions over Koroisau 

There is some uncertainty regarding the availability of Api Koroisau ahead of this NRL clash, with the Tigers' hooker set to feature in Game 1 of the State of Origin series on Wednesday. 

With this game taking place just 48 hours later, there are some questions on whether Koroisau will feature against the Raiders. 

Confidence will also be boosted in the Wests’ camp are an impressive 66-18 win over the North Queensland Cowboys. 

Despite the win, the Tigers still find themselves down in 15th place in the standings and playing catch-up on the top eight. 

With just three wins in 11 games played, Wests head coach Tim Sheens will know they need to start gaining some winning momentum if they are to be playing past the regular season. 

The Tigers have made one change for the squad that beat the Cowboys so convincingly, with Joe Ofahengaue no longer at the club after his switch to the Paramatta Eels. Lock Fonua Pole comes into the side, with Alex Seyfarth being promoted to the bench.

Expect points in Leumeah 

The Raiders have an impressive scoring record in this fixture as they have managed to notch up 100 points in their past three games against the Tigers. 

With that in mind, another high-scoring game could well be on the cards in this one, with over 42.5 total points available at 1.91

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